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Do you want to be a part of an exciting project that connects people with wildlife and the coast?
Thanet is a great place to live and work...
Our historic seaside towns of Ramsgate, Margate and Broadstairs and surrounding villages are rich in heritage and opportunity. With 19 miles of stunning coastline, our beautiful Blue Flag beaches, the internationally renowned Turner Contemporary, and the UK’s only Royal Harbour are all just a short train ride from central London thanks to the high-speed rail link. Our proximity to the port of Dover and the Eurotunnel at Folkestone mean Europe is literally on our doorstep too.
All of this, combined with a flexible approach to how we work makes it an exciting time to join Thanet District Council. We have set our sights high. We want our residents to enjoy the highest quality services. We want to ensure that by listening to local people, working in active partnership and doing things in an innovative way, we can accelerate improvement to meet the challenges ahead.
Bird Wise East Kent (a partnership between Thanet District Council and Canterbury City Council) are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated person who would like to teach the public about how to share the beaches with the wildlife, so that both can enjoy the diverse coastline between Whitstable and Pegwell Bay. This area is busy and enjoyed by different groups of people who access the coast for various reasons, such as dog walking, kite surfing, relaxing and walking. You will need good diplomacy and negotiation skills in order to navigate conversations with various groups of people.
The Engagement Officer will be supported by the SAMMS (Strategic Access Monitoring and Management Scheme) officer to carry out the Bird Wise East Kent project plan. The Bird Wise East Kent team will work together to carry out engagement events and activities and coordinate and develop volunteers and there will also be occasions where you will work on your own.
We are recruiting an engagement officer who will use their excellent communication skills to educate the public about the protected coastal area and protected coastal birds that need to be able to feed on these beaches during September-May in order to refuel before they migrate back to the Arctic in the spring. The role will require carrying out education programmes in schools and being able to share knowledge and enthusiasm with children.
A level three qualification in a relevant subject such as, environmental studies, animal behaviour or an equivalent, and this post requires you to have a full driving licence and own transport or requires travelling to sites in a timely manner equivalent to motor travel in your own car. As is knowledge of general wildlife and managing social media and/or websites. It is desirable that applicants have skills in writing reports, preparing promotional materials and talks and some knowledge of coastal processes.
Due to the nature of the role the successful candidate will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check as part of their pre-employment checks
If you are interested and would like to know more information or have any questions please contact Michael Lee (SAMMS Project Manager (Bird Wise Project) on 07584 616724 or email@example.com.